A mantra is a word or sound repeated to aid concentration in meditation. A less legalistic and more spiritually inclined person would tell you that they’re repetitive sounds used to penetrate the depths of the unconscious mind and adjust the vibration of all aspects of your being.

In short, you repeat a mantra enough times to the point that it becomes automatic, or subconscious. Doing this also distracts the conscious mind from its usual thoughts and patterns and (in theory) gives one greater clarity and awareness. It allows one to take a step back, pause the waterfall of thoughts if you will, and examine how the mind is working and how what you concentrate on influences every single aspect of your life.

On "Control", Emmit Fenn utilizes mantras exactly as they’re supposed to be used.



“Let the, let the, let the feelings take control,” is countlessly repeated in Fenn’s deep, heavily-dubbed baritone. The words soon begin to melt into the percussions and bass synth that accompany it. They nearly fade into the background entirely as an overwhelming need to move overtakes you.

And all the while you weren’t paying attention to the lyrics, you didn’t realize they were unlocking your subconscious. Distracted from your normal wavelengths and patterns, you’ve given into the subliminal messaging of the song and have let your feelings take control. And they’re telling you that they want to dance and for this song to never end.

This twentysomething year old is wise beyond his years.

“Control” is off Emitt Fenn’s new The Last Dance EP, his first sustained follow up to his 2017 debut Prologue. Along with making his own music, Fenn dabbles in production, working with the likes of pop sensation Billie Eilish and RY X. He also played at Coachella this year.

2019 is shaping up to be a very big one for Mr. Fenn. Stay tuned.


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